4th Annual ESG Conference: The ESG Journey

Crafting effective governance solutions to stay ahead of the curve



Governance, investment, and sustainability professionals need to lead the way on the ESG journey. This requires understanding the next cutting-edge ESG topics  to better guide boards of directors and management. It can be difficult to know where to begin prioritising in the face of economic volatility, climate change, biodiversity loss, health risks, geopolitical conflicts, inequality, and human capital crisis.

Join the Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC) and our esteemed speakers to overcome your blind spots and get a boardroom map on the next ESG trends. You will hear from Canadian and international business leaders, experts, and practitioners in purpose, Indigenous, climate, and stakeholder governance, and learn from speakers who put the ESG theory into action to create value, manage risks, and enhance your organization’s positive outputs.


Climate and biodiversity risk on the path to net-zero
While there is a consensus climate risk is a material financial risk for almost all industries and economies, biodiversity loss as a material financial risk is slowly getting more attention from investors, corporations, and governments. The panelists will discuss how climate and biodiversity risk are essential to consider on, not only the path to net-zero but also in how businesses operate and investors allocate capital. They will address questions like: how are climate and biodiversity risks affecting the way boards oversee the company’s risks? How can boards ensure these risks are addressed in strategy? What can governance professionals do at the boardroom table to enhance the understanding and treatment of these issues at the board level?

Govern with purpose
Organizations are transitioning from a profit and shareholder wealth perspective to a purpose perspective that is baked into the organization. How do we get there and who should drive forward that conversation? What is the role for the board of directors and governance professionals? What does purpose even mean for your organization? The speakers will address these questions, expanding on how boards have been thinking about and leading with purpose, and how they are transforming their words into action.

Serving the interest of all with stakeholder capitalism
Organizations do not operate in vacuums. They are working with investors, employees, customers, partners, and such to create value. Collaboration is key to not only generate profits for shareholders but to create value for and be valued by stakeholders. The panelists will discuss stakeholder capitalism and explore questions like: what is the role of the board in stakeholder capitalism? How does creating value for all stakeholders that goes beyond shareholders work in board practice? What is the board’s role in oversight of stakeholder relations as separate from management’s role in engaging stakeholders? 

Beyond a partnership approach: Indigenous knowledge at the board
Organizations have the opportunity go beyond a consultation approach to working with Indigenous leaders by making space for Indigenous voices and knowledge in their boards and management. The speakers will discuss opportunities for Indigenous perspectives in organizational oversight.
Save the date: March 21st, 2023 and join the ESG journey with our group of thought leaders, experts, and practitioners.

This conference is for any governance professional, board member, business or organizational leader who has, or wishes to have, a key role vis-à-vis their board’s role of oversight, insight, and foresight of the organization they serve. It is for those who want to learn about emerging trends in ESG governance and value creation. It is also relevant for investment and sustainability professionals involved in ESG, CSR, risk, strategy, sustainability, investor relations, or capital markets who seek to get ahead of the curve. Wherever you find yourself on the ESG journey – at the start or further along – this conference will be pertinent to your organization.

Join the ESG journey with our group of thought leaders, experts, and practitioners.

Registrants are also invited to a 1-hour post-event networking reception.

6 GEC’s are available for this session 

Registration Fee:

  • GPC Members:     699.00 + HST (Early-Bird) | 799.00 + HST (Regular) 
  • Non- Members:    899.00 + HST (Early-Bird) | 999.00 + HST (Regular) 
  • Event + Annual Membership:   1,059.00 + HST (Early-Bird) | 1,159.00 + HST (Regular)



3/21/2023 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Eastern Daylight Time
Toronto, ON CANADA
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The Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC) was created in 1994, shortly after the Dey Report was published by the TSX on ‘Where Are the Directors’. GPC‘s mandate is to be the voice of governance professionals in Canada. Its members deal with all matters affecting corporate governance, from board and committee processes, management and structure, disclosure, stakeholder engagement, legal and corporate compliance, as well as issues crucial to boards, their accountability and oversight.